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									Dawn by Elie Wiesel

                    Chapter 1 Takes place in Palestine. The narrator
knows that he has to kill a man tomorrow. He doesn‟t know who it is
                    but he knows what he has to do. The man that was
going to die was an Englishman. The reason that he had to kill was
                    because there is a war. Beggar. A man that taught the
narrator the difference between night and day. Narrator met him
                    while he was at the synagogue. The man wears black
clothes. The narrator met the man when he was 12 years old. The
                    narrator, as a child admitted to the beggar that he
was definitely afraid of the beggar. “Night is purer than day; it is
                    for thinking and loving and dreaming.” (4) The man
wants to teach the narrator to distinguish between night and day. The
                    beggar taught the narrator to look into the dusk and
there would be a face that would appear. Night has a face and day
                    does not. The face that appears is of a dead person.
The night before the narrator does what he has to do, he looks into
                    the night and sees his own face. There is going to be
an execution at dawn. All of the executions happened at dawn. The
                    “Movement” always kept their word. A month earlier
there was one of their fighters that had been on a terrorist
                    operation. He was hauled in by the police and they
found weapons on him. They hung the man. By law this is what they
                    were supposed to do. This was the tenth death
sentence by the mandatory power in Palestine. The “Old Man” decided
                    that things had gone far enough and now he was not
going to allow the English to rule any longer. The Old Man ordered
                    that a military officer be kidnapped. They kidnapped
Captain John Dawson who walked alone at night. (6) This made the
                    country very tense. The English ordered a 24 hour
curfew. They searched every house, and also arrested hundreds of
                    suspects. Tanks were stationed at the crossroads,
barbed wire barricades at street corners. They did not find the
                    hostage. The High Commissioner of Palestine said that
the whole country would be held responsible for the murder of the
                    Captain, if he was in fact murdered. A few people got
in touch with the Old Man and told him not to go too far. They
                    wanted the man that was supposed to die, to live. If
he died than the Captain would die. The mother of the Captain
                    demanded that the English give up the young Jew so
that she could have her son back. The men told her that “The Jews
                    will never do it.” (8) The Palestinians would not
give up the Captain because it would show a sign of weakness. The
                    English would not agree to the pardon because it
would show a sign of weakness. It was announced over radio that the
                    Jew was to be executed the next day. They said
nothing about the Captain but everyone knew that he would die also.
                    The narrator asked Gad who was going to kill the
Captain who was going to kill the Captain. He replied “You are.” It
                    was an order from the Old Man. To Gad it was not a
big deal. The narrator was amazed by the whole thing. Definite
                    connection to Night. Foreshadow of events. Not
wanting to Kill. But being ordered.

                    Chapter 2 The narrator‟s name is Elisha. Age 18. “Gad
had recruited me for the Movement and brought me to Palestine.
                    He had made me into a terrorist.” (11) The narrator
was held in Buchenwald, a prison camp during the World War. The
                    Americans liberated it and then they offered to send
him home. He rejected it because he knew that his parents were
                    dead and that his house and lands were under the
control of foreign hands. He went to Paris and that is where he met
                    Gad. He was offered asylum in France. He wanted to
learn the language and go to school. but Gad came into his life.
                    “The study of philosophy attracted me because I
wanted to understand the meaning of the events of which I had been the
                    victim.” (12) “In the concentration camp I had cried
out in sorrow and anger against God and also against man, who
                    seemed to have inherited only the cruelty of his
creator.” (12) Gad, one night, knocked on the narrators door and walked
                    in. The narrator did not have any acquaintances in
Paris. The person at the door said that he knew everything about him.
                    The narrator compares Gad to God. “He said “I am Gad”
in the same way the Jehovah said “I am that I am.”” (14) Also
                    compared him to Meshulah, the mysterious messenger of
fate to whom nothing is impossible. (15) “In the Hassidic
                    legends the messenger is always portrayed
standing...” (16) the man would not sit down. The struggle of the group
was to
                    make their homeland free from outside intervention.
“This was the first story I had ever heard in which the Jews were not
                    the ones to be afraid.” (17) Gad “Here is the dawn.
In our land it is very different. Here the Dawn is gray; in Palestine it
                    red like fire.” (19) “You are listening to the voice
of freedom . . .” (20) Was said by a girl every night on the Movements
                    own radio station. There were only about 5 people who
knew who this woman was. The narrator and Gad were 2 of
                    them. Gad and the woman were lovers. The English
wanted to get hold of her identity just as bad as they wanted to know
                    the Old Man. John and David. People from the bible.
The narrator walks over to look in the mirror. He only sees eyes.
                    He was told “Death . . . is a being without arms or
legs or mouth or head; it is all eyes. If you ever meet a creature with
                    eyes everywhere. You can be sure that it is death.”
(22-23) The story started with a child crying and now as the narrator
                    begins to sob because of what he has to do, the child
stops crying. Same age group as in Night. Terrorist by choice. Jews
                    fighting the group of people who helped save them
during the war. Held in prison camp during the war. Parents died in
                    camps. Stranger comes to door and walks right in.
Both stories have Jews fighting for freedom.

                    Chapter 3 The narrator believes that he has killed
before in raids on camps and convoys but he did not feel bad about
                    planning the raids. They were at night. The movements
plan was to kill as many English as possible. That was all. The
                    Captain was being held at a Professor of Language‟s
house. This is where they held prisoners and people wanted by the
                    police. There was a dungeon built in the basement.
When the dogs searched the house they smelled him and came within
                    inches of him but there was a wall between them. For
the first 6 weeks that the narrator was in Palestine, he was taught
                    how to use a variety of weapons and how to kill
people effectively with bare hands. And how to escape from any prison.
                    On the last day of training a masked man came to talk
to them. The narrator believes that it was the old man. The first
                    time that the narrator killed, he and 4 others raided
a camp where they surrounded a group of soldiers and then began
                    firing on them. He says that he will never forget
that night. (28) The second time that he killed, he and a group of men
                    went and set mines on a corner of a road. When 3
trucks came around the corner one of them hit a mine. The other
                    trucks stopped and the men got out of the back. They
were all killed. When he goes out to kill he calls it „putting on the
                    gray colors of the SS.‟ The woman came home and she
stated the Old Man had been crying. (30) One night they had an
                    operation where they went onto an army base with
false documents that stated that they were supposed to pick up
                    Tommy guns and ammunition. They almost got away but
the man at the gate received a message that the order was not in
                    proper authority. They already had everything loaded
and they clubbed the gate guard over the head. The guard woke up
                    and started firing at the group. David got shot and
that is when he was captured. The narrator was not there but Gad was
                    the organizer of the operation and takes blame for
the capture. The narrator is used to losing friends every day. “This is
                    war.” is used frequently. Like they are trying to
justify what they are doing. Escape from any prison. Training came a
                    late. Losing lots of friends to war.

                    Chapter 4 One man was reported on by a neighbor and
he went into an asylum where a friend worked. The police finally
                    found him and the doctor said that the man thought
that he was dead. They gave him 24 hours of interrogation and then
                    they took him back to the asylum. They slapped him,
and got no reaction, they also tried to make him eat, and he would
                    not. Playing dead had changed the mans hair colour
from brown to white. Gideon was called the Saint. Because he
                    looked like a Jewish saint and because he always
remained inconspicuous. His father was a rabbi. The woman was saved
                    by a head cold. The police brought a group of women
in and had an analyst listen to their voices. The voices were
                    compared to the voice on the radio. The woman had a
cold that day and her voice was not the same. She was quickly
                    eliminated from the suspects. (40) The narrator was
once saved by laughter. During his stay at a prison camp, he was
                    supposed to go outside in very cold weather in his
rags. The cell block was getting cleaned. He thought that the exposure
                    would kill him because he had a cold. When the
cleaning crew found him the leader grabbed him by the throat. The
                    narrators head swelled up and he looked funny. The
leader let him go and started to laugh uncontrollably. The man forgot
                    his intention to kill. Catherine was a 26-27 year old
that spoke little German and while the narrator was at a summer
                    camp in Normandy after the war. She was the only
person that could talk to him. He did not know French and none of
                    the other kids except Catherine could speak
German.(48) Catherine taught him what women did to men. LOVE? They
                    just happened to meet back up at Palestine. On a walk
one night Catherine told him that some of the other girls spoke
                    German. The narrator expressed that he had nothing to
say to them. She replied. “You don‟t have to say anything, . . . all
                    you have to do is love them.” (50) She taught him
about women and how and what love is. They went under a tree every
                    night and she taught him how to do many things. She
liked to make love to little boys who were going to die. This is why
                    she was there that night. Death playing tricks.

                    Chapter 5 The narrator has a dream where all of the
people in the room are people that he had known or killed. He kept
                    on asking people why they were all there but no one
would answer. The only person that answered was the beggar who
                    said “This is a night of many faces.” (56) The beggar
told the narrator to go and talk to a child. The child looked like
                    himself at that age. The boy said that all of the
people were there to witness him, the narrator, become a murderer. They
                    are there to help with the execution because they
know the narrator cannot do it himself. The narrators mother could only
                    say “Poor boy, poor boy.” They told the man in the
dungeon that he was going to die at dawn and the man said that he
                    was hungry. The narrator thought that it was
impossible for the man to be hungry. The stomach tells a man when he is
                    about to die and that same stomach told the man that
he was going to die. But he was also hungry. The little boy wants
                    the narrator to give the prisoner the food. The
narrator states that he does not want to be alone with the prisoner. The
                    boy states that all of the people that are with him
will go also. The little boy told the narrator that the ghosts do not go
                    the synagogue at midnight to pray, they go to eat.
Gad ended up taking the food down to the prisoner. The narrator
                    admits to his friends that he is afraid. (65) He said
that he was afraid to laugh at the man. The narrator tells how his
                    mother said that there will always be a golden goat
beside him no matter how old or rich he gets. The narrator is
                    extremely worried. He says that the goat has returned
to him. He lost it just as he was going into the prison camp. Ilana,
                    the radio girl, sounds like the narrators mother. “He
who has killed one man alone is a killer.” (69) There were two
                    different kinds of light in the room. White, around
the living. And black, around the ghosts. The narrator approaches the
                    ghost of his father and asks him not to judge. He
went to the ghost of his mother and he starts to cry. He tells her that
                    did not give birth to a murderer but to a soldier.
(73) The narrator sees people that were his friends that he did not know
                    were dead. The boy finally speaks and says that they
are not there to judge. They are there because the narrator is there.
                    They have been, and always will be with him. The
beggar brushed against the narrator and he realized that the beggar was
                    the prophet Elijah. Gad came from watching the
Captain eat and he said that the man was not hungry but he ate with
                    good appetite. Dawn is at 5 o‟clock and it is now 4
o‟clock. Gad handed the narrator a revolver. The narrator asked if
                    the prisoner had laughed. Gad replied “no” The
stories that the prisoner told were funny but Gad said that he did not
                    laugh. The narrator feels that David, the prisoner of
the English, will come to the rescue. The narrator wants to go down
                    and get to know who he is murdering. He wants to do
this because war is shooting into the night and hoping that the
                    enemy has been hit and is dead. You never know them
though.(80) “I had never seen a hostage before.” (80) The
                    narrator does not want anyone, including the ghosts
to go with him to the dungeon. The Beggar states that the narrator
                    has regained his identity. The gun is symbolized as
alive. (82) Trying to convince himself that what he is about to do is the
                    right thing. Foreshadowing?

                    Chapter 6 The cell was less stuffy than the room that
everyone was in. The hour is moving extremely slow. “Under other
                    circumstances he might have been my friend.” (85) The
Captain knew that it was his killer. In the bible Elisha, The name
                    of the narrator, is the deciple of Elijah, who has
been the beggar. The Captain was about 40 and the executioner is 18.
                    The Captain has a son about the same age. The son
does not look unhappy, but the Cap. says that the narrator looks
                    unhappy and has anxiety. To block his feelings the
narrator starts thinking about David. The Captain asks for some paper
                    for a letter that will be sent to his son after the
execution. The nazis referred to. (90) The narrator knew an artist who
                    his right hand cut off by the Nazis. The Captain had
hands like the artist. The narrator cannot hate the Captain, even
                    though hate is needed for murder. The narrator is
going over what is going to happen to David.(96) The Captain asks
                    “Why must you try to hate me ....” (97) The narrator
thinks that this is a good question and says “In order to give my
                    action a meaning which may somehow transcent it.”
(98) It is now ten to 5. From this point on every min. is talked about.
                    Feelings etc. Three minutes to five and the narrator
promises that he will mail the letter the same day. The Captain does
                    not want a blindfold. All of the ghosts enter the
room with one minute to go. The boy ghost says that this is the first
                    that he has seen an execution. (100) The Captain is
smiling. The narrator asks why and the Captain says. “I‟m smiling . . .
                    because all of a sudden it has occurred to me that I
don‟t know why I am dying.” (101) The captain‟s last word was the
                    name of the narrator. The ghosts started to leave the
cell and the Captain walked beside the little boy. A child began to
                    cry again. For the first time the narrator saw a face
in the darkness. It was his own. Elisha restored breath to a boy, by
                    laying on him, who stopped breathing. 1

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